100 useful websites

Sunday 1 March 2015, 6.56am HKT

THIS is just for my own purpose — and to test out how my right arm is doing.

There are more than 100 listed, actually.

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Antivirus, antispam, scams (see also Security) (2)

http://jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.

http://snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.

Broadcasting online (2)

http://livestream.com – broadcast events live over the Web, including your desktop screen.

http://mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the Web.

Browser tools (6)

http://marker.to – highlight important parts of a webpage for sharing.

http://goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.

http://unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.

http://dictation.io – online voice recognition in the browser itself.

http://deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked webpages are deleted.

http://join.me – share your screen with anyone over the web.

Calculators and converters (1)

http://www.digitaldutch.com/unitconverter/length.htm – unit conversions.

Chat (2)

http://imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc, from one place.

http://tinychat.com – set up a private chatroom in seconds.

Charts (3)

http://lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.

http://bubbl.us – create mindmaps and brainstorm ideas in the browser.

http://draw.io – create diagrams and flowcharts in the browser, export your drawings to Google Drive and Dropbox.

Cloud storage (2)

http://ctrlq.save – save online files to Dropbox or Google Drive directly.

http://otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.

Design and architecture (1)

http://homestyler.com – design from scratch or remodel your home in 3D.

Dictionaries (5)

http://urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slang and informal words.

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml – reverse dictionary.

http://www.omniglot.com/chinese/cantonese.htm – Cantonese pronunciation and characters.

http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/scripts/wordsearch.php – Cantonese dictionary.

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php – English to Chinese dictionary.

e-Books (1)

http://hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.

Email and messaging (4)

http://privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.

http://mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your webcam.

http://ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.

http://faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.

Employment, contracting and freelancing (1)

http://fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for US$5.

Filesharing and file management (4)

http://wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.

http://liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.

http://ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone: they can even preview it before downloading.

http://pipebytes.com – transfer any sized files without uploading to a third-party server.

Google (3)

http://google.com/history – see your past searches, also among most important Google URLs.

http://scholar.google.com – Google Scholar.

https://books.google.com/ngrams – Google Ngram Viewer.

Graphics (13)

http://acme.com/labelmaker/labelmaker.cgi – online Dymo label maker.

http://acme.com/licensemaker – fun online tool to make American carplates.

http://iconfinder.com – find icons of all sizes.

http://myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the typeface name from an image.

http://google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open-source typefaces.

http://kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.

http://wordle.net – quickly summarise long pieces of text with tag clouds.

http://kuler.adobe.com – get colour ideas and also extract colours from photographs.

http://mondrian.io – create vector drawings in the browser.

http://zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.

http://picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.

http://sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.

http://timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.

Images (4)

http://imgur.com – one of the best image sites ever.



http://unsplash.com – download images absolutely free.

Maps (1)

http://scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.

Microsoft Office (1)

http://office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.

Multimedia (2)

http://stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.

http://www.youtubetomp3.tv – convert YouTube videos to mp3 audio.

Music (1)

http://noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online.

PDF (2)

http://pdfescape.com – quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.

http://onlineocr.net – recognise text from scanned PDFs.

Printing (1)

http://printwhatyoulike.com – print webpages without the clutter.

Productivity (5)

http://followupthen.com – the easiest way to set up email reminders.

http://whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all

http://alertful.com – quickly set up email reminders for important events.

http://teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.

http://minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.

Programming (2)

http://codeacademy.com – the best place to learn coding online.

http://labnol.org – software tutorials and how-to guides.

Q & A (3)

http://wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching

http://formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.

http://www.quora.com – ask or answer questions and create a blog there

Random (1)

http://random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.

QR codes (1)

http://tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations.

RSS (1)

http://feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.

Screenshots and screen capturing (4)

http://snag.gy – paste images and share them for commenting and forum discussions

http://ctrlq.org/screenshots – for screenshots of webpages on mobile and desktops.

http://screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.

Search (4)

http://www.bing.com – so far, the best non-pr0n search engine to look for pr0n.

http://ctrql.rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.

http://similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.

http://lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.

http://midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.

Security (see also Antivirus) (4)

http://scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.

http://spypig.com – now get ‘read receipts’ for your email.

http://regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – or search for EXIF tools.

http://safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.

Shipments (1)

http://boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.

Time and date

http://qClock – find the local time of a city using Google Maps.

http://e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.

http://everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world timezones.

Travel (2)

http://flightstats.com – track flight status at airports worldwide.

http://seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.

Twitter tools (1)

http://talltweets.com – send tweets longer than 140 characters.

Videos and movies (5)

http://zerodollarmovies.com – find full-length movies on YouTube.

http://tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.

http://youtube.com/leanback – watch YouTube channels in TV mode.

http://youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favourite artist.

http://radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later.

Website creation (3)

http://pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.

http://disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary webpage that self-destructs.

http://ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.

Website technology (8)

http://coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.

http://iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.

http://gtmetrix.com – tool for measuring your site performance online.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find out if your favourite website is offline or not

http://ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse analytics lookup.

http://whoishostingthis.com – find the webhost of any website.

http://builtwith.com – find the technology stack to know everything about a website.

http://woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.

Writing tools (6)

http://copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.

http://acme.com/unicode – list of Unicode characters.

http://polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.

http://typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.

http://notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.

http://typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these online practice sessions.


Nothing spectacular about this list. Just sites added to and reordered from 101 Useful Websites – Imgur.

Image via classroomsandstaffrooms.com.


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Happiness is…

Thursday 5 February 2015, 5.00am HKT

4am local time, 14°C (57°F), nice and cool and dry and wonderful

ANYONE who’s as old as I am will (or should) remember this line from the 1970s and ’80s:

“Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet.”

That was one of the best remembered British advertising campaigns on TV, radio, cinema, print and billboards. It was also the longest-running ad campaign in the UK and lasted until all tobacco advertising was banned on British TV in 1991.

(via Privar a la cultura “auténtica” de su función crítica)

Long before the tobacco ad ban even came into force, Hamlet already had some of the best commercials in the world. The entire campaign and the slogan were created by the now-defunct Collett Dickenson Pearce (CDP) agency in 1966.

Founded in 1960, London-based CPD produced some of the most creative, thought-provoking and humorous ads seen by the British public — and slogans that entered the British national consciousness:—

“Land Rover. The best 4 by 4 by far.”

“Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach.”

The agency’s rollcall of classic campaigns included Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Bird’s Eye, Parker pens, Fiat, Ford, Acrilan, Pretty Polly stockings, and Benson & Hedges.

Channel 4's Hamlet cigar spoof indent, 1982

These adverts were often spoofed or mocked — most notably on The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981–87, BBC).

In 1982, Channel 4 carried a memorable spoofing indent of the Hamlet commercial — coloured blocks forming the number 5, then a jumbled mess, then turned into a face, and then smokes a cigar and smiles.

The Hamlet commercials used a jazz rendition (by Jacques Loussier’s trio) of Bach’s Air on the G String,” which is still frequently associated with the brand.

Some more videos: Popular Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet Videos.

(via Guy Moore – Archive)

Guy Moore, an adman involved with various iconic British adverts for over 30 years, was asked to see if his agency could make “Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet” work on posters.

(By the way, the spangly (sparkly) finger was the original lottery symbol of “It could be you.”)

(via Cancion del Dia: Happiness Is A Warm Gun)

Other than that blast from the past, I’d say “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” — a 1968 song by The Beatles.

Must stop the nostalgic blasts there, I’m afraid.

Happiness is my right arm getting slightly better.

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He-Man Motu action figure replacement arm, 1982, Mattel Series 1
(via Ron’s Rescued Treasures)


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